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'''Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach''' (; ; February 18, 1838 – February 19, 1916) was an Austrians|Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as study of shock waves. Quotient of one's speed to that of sound is named the Mach number in his honor. As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism, American pragmatism and through his criticism of Isaac Newton|Newton, a forerunner of Albert Einstein|Einstein's Theory of relativity|relativity.
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